Win Prizes and help NOWCastSA in the Timberland Serv-a-palooza Challenge

If you sign up for the Timberland Serv-a-palooza Challenge, you could do a world of good for NOWCastSA and win  amazing prizes for yourself.

Launched in partnership with CrowdRise, the six-week Timberland Serv-a-palooza Challenge encourages people ages 18 and older to volunteer for a cause of their choice for chances to win prizes for themselves, as well as big donations for the nonprofit organizations they choose to support.

You can sign up to earn rewards for the volunteer hours you serve, the donors you recruit and the money you raise for nonprofits such as NOWCastSA. The challenge runs from August 11 through September 18, and you can sign up for the challenge now and choose NOWCastSA as your organization now. (Scroll down for application details)

More about the challenge

Sign up – and pledge your hours to a cause such as NOWCastSA – to be included in the competition. Once you’re approved, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to set up your unique fundraising page – where you can track your volunteer hours, your impact (number of donors) and monetary donations.

Grand prizes will be awarded to the participants with the highest number of unique donors, the highest total donation amount, and who complete the most volunteer hours during the six-week challenge. There will also be weekly Bonus Challenges and a bunch of other great prizes to for you to increase impact, inspire more people, and raise more money than you ever thought possible.

What can I do for NOWCastSA?

FUNDRAISE: NOWCastSA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which means we rely on donations from the public to serve our mission of promoting and facilitating an inclusive civic conversation. Every dollar you raise goes directly to supporting the production of live webcasts and archived videos, training community journalists and sharing stories and events from our community. Every donor you recruit expands our network of support, which helps NOWCastSA secure a sustainable future.

VOLUNTEER: Our team is small but mighty, which means we rely on volunteers to help us maximize our impact throughout the community. We have tons of important civic webcasts coming up where we would love your help setting up or behind a camera, live-tweeting and moderating live chat, passing out flyers or encouraging people to sign up as members or for our newsletter. We also need community journalists to write stories, shoot/edit videos and take photos of civic events, add events to our calendar and update interactive maps. We can also use help in the office, and have a particular need for an enthusiastic administrative assistant for Quick Books data entry and some savvy filing. 

DO BOTH: A great way to maximize your impact is to invite your friends and family to sponsor your volunteer activities. If you'd like to sign up to volunteer at an event or to create content for you can ask your network to support your service by making a donation. For example, you could sign up to help out at a San Antonio budget hearing webcast next week, then ask your friends to support your time by donating to NOWCastSA. 

WHY NOW? NOWCastSA ALWAYS needs and welcomes volunteers and accepts donations online and in person. We need your help now to capitalize on the momentum of the Serv-a-palooza Challenge and take advantage of opportunities to win matching prizes from Timberland and Crowdrise. PLUS this may be the only time you could win a shopping spree or a trip to China for helping us out!

STILL NOT SURE? If you would like to help but aren't sure how to start, send us an email at with your questions or to set up a time to meet with our staff for more information.

Application Details

To choose NOWCastSA as your Serv-a-palooza Challenge organization, check all of the boxes on page 1 of the application, and enter the below information into #3 on Page 2.

Youth Challenge

The Timberland Serv-a-palooza Challenge is only open to participants aged 18 and over. However, teens ages 13-17 are always welcome to create a fundraising page for NOWCastSA with Crowdrise. In honor of the Serv-a-palooza challenge, NOWCastSA will award its own challenge prizes to teens who create their own fundraising page for NOWCastSA and receive the highest number of unique donors and the highest total donation amount during the challenge period, August 11 through September 18.  More details to be announced!